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Record cold demands layers of clothing; doctor warns of frostbite

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The cold is no joke in KOTA Territory.

The mercury was well below zero in Sheridan Thursday morning, negative 28 to be exact.  That's a record low.

Many people chose to stay inside.  Others, the brave ones who ventured outside, protected themselves with layers upon layers of clothing.

Dr. Hannah Hall with Big Horn Mountain Medicine said the risk for ailments like hypothermia and frostbite can develop after only twenty minutes of exposing any skin to the harsh cold.

"Those are the two big ones. Additionally people that have airway disease such as asthma or COPD can have some issues with their breathing with bronchospasm or notice that they go outside and cough a lot," said Hall.

Symptoms of frostbite include cold, numb skin, trouble moving the affected area, and areas of black skin in severe cases. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, confusion, and breathing faster than usual.

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